Felipe Massa says the time he spent stuck behind Daniel Ricciardo after his pitstop cost him a shot at finishing on the podium at the Australian Grand Prix.
Massa was running in third when he made his one and only stop of the race, but rejoined the track in traffic, behind the Red Bull of Ricciardo.
Sebastian Vettel was running behind Massa during the opening stint, but jumped the Brazilian for third when he pitted, dropping the Williams racer to fourth, where he finished.
“The aim of today was start the season with a solid points haul and demonstrate that we have a competitive car,” Massa said.
“We have managed to achieve much of what we wanted so this has been a positive start.
“The only disappointing part of the race was that I was jumped at the first pitstop by Vettel after losing a second and a half behind Ricciardo on my out-lap which was enough to lose the position.
“I have faith in the team and the car and we head to Malaysia knowing we are very much in the fight.
Valtteri Bottas qualified sixth, but the Finn was ruled out of the race due to a back problem.
“I have done a lot of work since the issue with my back came in qualifying to get myself ready, starting treatment immediately, so the news that I couldn’t race today was obviously disappointing but I respect the decision,” he explained.
The Williams racer is confident of returning in time for the Malaysian Grand Prix in two week’s time.
“I now have two weeks until the next race to receive further treatment to ensure I will be back to full fitness and even stronger in Malaysia,” he added.
“I’m very eager to get back in the car and race because the FW37 is looking competitive and I’m confident we can fight for podiums.”
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